Recommendations in Beirut?
Here are a couple of rec's that could be useful in the future:
For modernized mezze and Lebanese cuisine: Leila (top floor of ABC Ashrafieh)
For the best ice cream: Le crémier (it’s a chain, there are many locations)
For the best kneffe (either cheese or ashta) and other incredible sweets: Douaihy
For amazing baklawa: Hallab
For the best falafel: M. Sahyoun (near Sodeco)
For a great high-end Lebanese meal: Mhanna (Dbayeh)
For the tastiest and freshest hummus and other beans-based dishes: Friends in Gemayzeh
For a nice cocktail on a rooftop terrace overlooking the Med or the mountains: Capitol, Skybar, White
For an exceptionally tasty snack (manaeesh or sandwich): Zaatar w zeit, Kababji, B2B
For the freshest Lebanese bread: Wooden bakery
For a memorable meal outside of Beirut: restaurant in a nomad tent at Mzaar (sorry, don’t know the name), or Al Ferdaws (Ehden)
I hope this isn't too late. I am new to Chowhound, and just discovered the Beirut query.
For great Lebanese food, I can recommend Al Balad in the downtown area.
They have a full range of traditional mezze, some with a distinctive twist that makes them truly special. Do Not Miss the coriander potatoes. Armenian/Lebanese can be found a Al Mayass in Ashrafieh. Lebanese with an asian twist at Casablanca on the Corniche. Good food and good jazz at the Blue Note in Hamra. And for street food (which abounds in Beirut) Bar Bar's in Hamra and Faysal's at the end of Bliss St.